AUSTIN, Texas–Professor Max Sherman of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin has been chosen as the Texan of the Year for 1998, according to the Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislative Conference.
Sherman will be honored at the 33rd Annual Texas Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 25-26, 1999, in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The award recognizes outstanding service in the field of public affairs for the benefit of the state of Texas. Some past recipients include Kay Bailey Hutchison, Bob Bullock, Barbara Jordan, William P. Hobby, Phil Gramm, James A. Baker III, John Tower, Lloyd Bentsen, George Bush, John B. Connally, Dolph Briscoe, Lady Bird Johnson and Leon Jaworski.
Sherman is a former Texas state senator, president of West Texas State University, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and special counsel to the governor of Texas. He currently teaches courses on ethics and state and local government at the LBJ School, is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration, has been chair of the review committee for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation for the past several years and serves as president of the Austin Area Research Organization. In 1992, he was named distinguished alumnus by Baylor University and, in 1997, was named Austinite of the Year by the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. During his tenure as senator, he was recognized by Texas Monthly magazine in 1973, 1975 and 1977 as one of the 10 best legislators.